Don’t review sexual education contents in schools, NFF tells Adamu

Ms Iheoma Obibi CEO of Nigerian Feminists Forum NFF
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By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has called on the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu to retract his directive to expunge any sexual education content being used in schools in Nigeria.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

The Minister for Education, Mr Adamu Adamu was reported recently to have requested the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to review the basic education curriculum and expunge any sexual education content being used in schools in the country.

The NFF disclosed this in a statement to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday.

The non governmental organization urged the federal government to ensure that mechanisms are in place across the country to protect the right to health and holistic well-being of every school aged person in the country.

Also, the NFF appealed to the power that be to ensure that the sex education curricula in the country is in line with the International technical guidance on sexuality education.

“The Nigerian government cannot afford to neglect the right to health and holistic well-being on sexuality education of millions of school aged Nigerians, the repercussions of such carelessness will negatively impact all aspects of the Nigerian society.

“As a country grappling with severely weak health and social systems and services, the government must be proactive in providing access to information that protects its youth population and discard misleading information about the existing sex education curricula in the country”, the statement read.

Ms Iheoma Obibi CEO of Nigerian Feminists Forum NFF
Ms Iheoma Obibi CEO of Nigerian Feminists Forum NFF

The organisation therefore called on Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to ensure that the policy on sex education in Nigerian school curricula is maintained, including ensuring that public policies on sexuality education in the country is culturally relevant and accurate.

The NFF forum that became a reality in 2007 had the African Charter on Feminist Principles guiding its work and engagements.

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